Student Interfaith Leadership: Getting Started

This video was produced to illustrate what interfaith leadership can look like for students starting to develop and exercise their skills. Our beginner student video features Steph Holland at Hamlin University. Steph received our Rising Star award in 2019 because of his ability to hit the ground running in organizing interfaith activities for fellow students—he’s always exercising the skills of interfaith leadership. He actively builds relationships with a diverse student body, he notices the religious diversity in a room, and he creates opportunities for meaningful dialogue and community-building among people with diverse beliefs. Steph got a lot of his interfaith leadership training at the IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institute - read more about how you can benefit from that training opportunity here.

This video can be used for a variety of educational purposes:

  1. What qualities do you observe in Steph that lend to his ability to lead interfaith activities so effectively on his campus?
  1. What do you notice about Steph’s campus environment that enables him to develop his interfaith leadership?
  1. In what ways do you see Steph not losing his own sense of identity, even as he takes seriously the need to engage those who are different from him?

At IFYC, we’re often asked what we want student interfaith leaders to actually do—this video gives you concrete examples. Use this video to observe how Steph carries himself as a leader, how he interacts with others and the kinds of opportunities he organizes for people to come together to engage diversity in impactful ways. You can find a story about relationships across deep worldview difference here.

If you are looking for a way to become an interfaith leader, work for racial equity and build bridges, please check out our free curriculum "We Are Each Other's" and start your interfaith leadership today

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The opinions contained in this piece are solely the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Interfaith Youth Core. Interfaith America encourages a wide range of views and strives to maintain a respectful tone with a goal of greater understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions.